The popularity of HGTV and Pinterest prove that homeowners like to dream.
Since winning the lottery is limited to only a few people in the country (as are six-figure salaries), the rest of us need to be realistic. So what does it cost in the Northeast, NYC-metropolitan area to make home additions?
Based on prior jobs, we can give you some basic numbers on adding a room to your home.
Cost per Square Foot
When giving a quick estimate, we say it will be about $170-200 per square foot of addition. That includes:
The finished shell with roofing
Standard tub, toilet and sink
Framed rooms with drywall
Basic electric and plumbing
It does not take into consideration:
Big tubs and large showers
Kitchen cabinets and cabinet pulls
Fancy entry doors
Decks, patios and balconies
Decorative light fixtures and light bulbs
Possible Cost of Home Additions
One-car detached garage that matches the house siding and roof with an electric garage door, a man-door and rafter storage space: $20-26,000
New entry door and stairs with stonework sidewalk: $8-10,000
New two-bedroom, three-bathroom home with one-car garage and basement, including tearing down the house and digging new basement: $470,000
Add a level with two bedrooms and one full bath, one-car garage with new roof and siding, new deck and Florida room: $155,000
Some homeowners may choose to buy their own material instead of going through a contractor, but you will still need to pay for labor.
To give you an estimate, we charge $50-60 an hour per person for labor-only jobs. A good carpenter can cost between $17-30 an hour, and a helper is $10-15.
To frame a two-car garage with a room above, labor only will cost about $13,800.
Cost of Materials
Add to all of this the prices of materials and the rising labor costs for an experienced crew, and the overall price will continue to increase.
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